This one is for those who hated my mock draft. And to be completely honest, I’m not too happy with it either. Putting together this year’s mock has been as difficult as I can remember any mock draft in years past. If you hated it, you understand how hard it was for me to have the Raiders passing up on an elite talent for a trade down to fill a glaring need.
Well, Brett Kollmann will make your day a little brighter then, because he has the Raiders taking the very player I have them passing up in favor of a trade down.
In his 1-hour mock draft special, Kollmann makes his case for his selections at each spot. I haven’t mentioned the player the Raiders take in his mock because I don’t want to play spoiler for those who would prefer to watch it and discover for themselves.
For those who would wish to skip the first nine picks and go right to the Raiders, their selection happens at the 18:27 mark.
I’m going to say it again just how hard it was for me to make the call to not have the Raiders selecting Minkah Fitzpatrick at 10 and instead have them trade down four spots, essentially gifting Fitzpatrick to the Packers. Why would they do that? Well, because they have first and second round safeties in Karl Joseph and Obi Melifonwu ready to step into starting roles.
Even still, I went back and forth on this for the very reasons that Kollmann notes. Fitzpatrick is a true professional that fits perfectly not only with Gruden’s passion, but with what he and Reggie McKenzie say they covet in a draft pick.
For that matter, so does Roquan Smith, who is also on the board in this mock draft. But if you’re going best player available, and both players are on the board — which they may not be — that’s Fitzpatrick over Roquan.
My stance from the beginning is the Raiders have a fantastic problem on their hands at this pick. They will be presented with one or more players with whom they simply can’t go wrong. Those players will also be highly coveted by teams below them who have a need for them. Trading down is also a very viable option.